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CRAFTS AND DIY
Regal Crowns -- easy to make, fun to wear
This year I helped organise the making of crowns for my daughter's school Nativity play. The theme was the Three Kings, with not three but in fact ninety kings (!). We needed to create some instant drama, and these paper and jewel crowns did the trick. Making these en masse for the whole class was ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family
Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can't wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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TEAM FAVOURITES
Team Favourites: Twenty of the Best Christmas Books (ever!)
Our team shares a love of books. And a love of Christmas! So it seems we had a natural conversation we were waiting to share. We asked our team for their absolute, very, very (!) favourite Christmas books. Because the season goes by in a heartbeat, and with time spent rushing to school fairs and ...
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DECOR AND FURNITURE
The seasonal table, and felt ornaments from Crafspring. For decoration or play!
We love having a seasonal table set up in our house. We gather finds from nature, and we display them together with some sweet felt or wooden artefacts. I have boxes in storage marked 'Autumn', 'Halloween', 'Christmas', etc. -- and it's such a fun event every season, to rediscover what's inside and create a new ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Some yummy seasonal cookies
We love baking during the Christmas season and these two cookie recipes we make every year. Speculaas (just like pepernoten) are very specific to December as we relate them to Sinterklaas, but where pepernoten really only hit the scene when the Saint is in town, we like to enjoy speculaas the rest of the year as ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy Christmas craft: ribbon and stick christmas trees
Around this time every year we take our kids off to our local garden center to pick out a small Christmas tree for the corner of their bedroom. I did the same growing up and I can remember the excitement of choosing my very own tree, opening my special box of decorations and falling asleep ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Our annual Holiday Gift Guides!
I am literally still finding places to stash the Halloween candies away... and holiday season is already slowly making its way into our consciousness. To top it all off, it has even started snowing in Paris! Not long and it did not settle -- but enough to get us into the mood and bring out ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
December hasn’t been on my side too much this year. I came down with a really bad cold and my immune system has crashed completely. But I’m finally feeling better after a few long weeks and even though Christmas is behind us already (can you believe it?!) we just started with our December crafts. Holidays ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Eve at The Mellops', written by Tomi Ungerer
I recently read an article on the Icelandic tradition of gifting a book on Christmas Eve and then spending the evening reading it. Isn't it such a lovely idea? The thought of each of us cosying up on Christmas Eve with the fire lit and the tree lights sparkling, reading a new book is just ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Thoughtful and beautiful gift boxes from The London Gifting Studio
To give, but mostly to receive a gift that was chosen with care, with love, with attention to detail, with just that extra something, is so, so special. A gift that has meaning, a purpose, that is (and becomes) an experience and a memory -- those kind of gifts are the best ones. But which busy parent has the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
First day of Advent (and the sweetest Christmas calendar from Fabelab)
Last year I blogged about our last minute advent calendar -- not a calendar filled with gifts and sweets, but one filled with little notes suggesting a daily activity to get us in the mood for Christmas. It was a huge success and a tradition was born, so I just (quite last minute again!) put ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our Advent Activity Calendar
I loved Esther’s post last year about an Advent Activity Calendar! We have done a similar idea for a few years now (unfortunately not so beautifully designed!). I bought a Maileg Advent garland (a little bit like this one) and in every pocket the children find a sweet treat and an Advent activity for us ...
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BOOKS
Christmas Book Advent Calendar (Updated)
I wrote my first post for Babyccino on 29th November 2009 (I can’t believe it – almost 6 years ago!) and it was about an idea that I had to wrap up 24 Christmas themed books to create a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Well the idea is still going strong in our house and as ...
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BABY
2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!
Can you believe we're talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it's November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month's time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It's time to get busy! The good news ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Last-Minute Christmas DIY: Hand Print Santa Ornaments
A couple of years ago my sister-in-law and I decided to start a tradition of no gift buying for us adults for Christmas. Or at least no big ones. It can be something tiny like our favorite chocolate or tea or something of that sort or we can make them ourselves. So this year I ...
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BERLIN
A Berlin Christmas market
Our new Amsterdam team-member Nina just sent me some photos of her visit to the Christmas markets in Berlin, and I just had to share them with you here! I've never been to a German Christmas market, but now that I saw these photos I just know we'll have to go next year. Aren't they just amazing? ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite Christmas books
We keep our Christmas books tucked away on the bookshelf behind our sofa all year long until the start of December when we dust them off and stack them up on our coffee table. I think the fact that they're hidden away for 11 months of the year makes it that much more special when we finally bring ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Last minute advent activity calendar
Tomorrow is the start of advent -- only 25 days to go 'til Christmas! We do have an advent tradition in our family -- my mum always had an advent wreath on the table with 4 candles in a circle, and one candle was lit on every Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Holidays shoot by Maud Fontein (again at the ShopUp!)
Here are my four babies photographed by Maud Fontein for this year's Happy Holidays shoot. They've grown a bit since last year, haven't they? I'm always impressed by how Maud can take such sweet photos of all my kids -- she is so wonderful, makes children so quickly at ease. My kids actually look forward to going ...
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